Florence Forman Bellack

March 12, 2023

Florence Forman Bellack passed away peacefully on Sunday March 12, 2023 at Mt. Hope Nazarene Retirement Home in Manheim Pa, having resided there for one year. She was surrounded by her daughter Cynthia, and close family members during her final hours. She was born 3 minutes after her late identical twin sister, Julia Forman Welber, on March 20, 1923. They were the daughters of the late Louis S. Forman and Bertha Forman (Hoffman). Florence was the beloved wife of the late Nathan Bellack from 1955 until his sudden passing in 1982. In addition to her parents, twin sister, and husband, she was pre-deceased by her older brother, Irwin Forman, and a younger sister, Mary Ellen, who passed away in 1929.

She is survived by her daughters Jody Kent, of Aurora NE, and Cynthia G. Bellack of Lancaster. She is additionally survived by her grandsons in Nebraska: Tyler, Logan, and Devon Kent. She will be greatly missed by her four nephews, David Welber (Dr. Diane Krasner), Andrew Welber (Burma), Dr. Stephen Forman (Lynn Quinby-Forman) Craig Forman (Cecile), as well as several great-nieces and great-nephews. She was also the beloved ex-mother-in-law of Abdelhamid Mouhajir (Cynthia) of Lancaster.

Florence graduated with the class of 1940 from J.P. McCaskey High school. She was also a 1944 graduate of Millersville State Teacher’s College with a teaching degree. Post-graduation she worked for the Lancaster Children’s’ Service as a case-worker for several years. Her greatest passion, though, was in her teaching specialty, Remedial Reading. Working for the Lancaster Reading Center, located in East Petersburg at the time, she taught many children to read, opening up opportunities to them that would not have otherwise existed were they not able to read. She also did private tutoring and, until her late 80s, volunteered in several Lancaster City elementary schools, as a reading tutor. During her time at Mt. Hope Nazarene Community she volunteered to read to residents whose eyesight no longer allowed them that pleasure. She did this until a few days before her death.

She voted for FDR in the first election for which she was eligible to vote, and was active in Democratic politics thereafter, holding an elected office at the polls for many years. She never missed an election, no matter how minor, and after 50 years was awarded a certificate for her commitment to exercising her right to vote. Her work as a caseworker influenced her deeply held belief in access to family planning, women’s healthcare and their right to freedom of choice. For these reasons she volunteered at Planned Parenthood for several years and was a life-long supporter of Planned Parenthood and the work they do. She accepted everyone as they were and was an ally decades before the term came into use.

Florence will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched and was a part of. She was humble in her accomplishments and quiet about her good deeds and would hate that so much is being written in her praise, but those left behind get to write the obituary, and these few words seem paltry when talking about her long and well-lived life. Nor are they enough to describe how much she meant to so many people. She was quiet, refined, and funny, gentle in spirit, and had a dignified stoicism during difficult times, but she always pulled through every challenge and was fiercely independent right up until her last days.

Florence’s family would like to thank the staff at Mt. Hope Retirement Community for all the kindness and care they showed not only to her, but also to us as we struggled with her failing health. They created an environment in which we were able to enjoy her last year and the time spent with her.

She was of the Jewish faith and will be buried in the Beth El Cemetery, 295 E. Newport Rd., Lititz, PA in a graveside service on Thursday, March 16th, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. The service is open to all who would like to celebrate her life and say goodbye. In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcomed by Mt. Hope Nazarene Retirement Community or Planned Parenthood.

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March 31, 2023

Dear Cyndi, I’m so sorry to find out about your moms passing. She was one of the sweetest, kindest, funniest and hippest moms I’ve ever known. I know this is hard for you and I’m so very sorry. I’m saying prayers God heals your heart and that your mom lets you know in due time she’s made it home and is loving her life on the other side with your dad 🙏
Best wishes always,

March 16, 2023

My deepest, heart felt condolences to you, Cindy. I am thinking of you. You and your mother were blessings to each other. Gloria Wiegand

March 16, 2023

It was a pleasure to have known Florence during her time at Village Garden Apartments.  She always had a smile and displayed a positive attitude.  She wll be missed!  –On behalf of VGA residents

March 15, 2023

Cynthia, My heart aches for you. I understand too well the heartache of these losses. Your college friend, Susannah Your mother was a sweetheart. 

March 15, 2023

Dear Cynthia, 
My empathy for your loss of your Mother! These loses are so heartbreaking 💔. I’m thinking of you! Susannah 

March 15, 2023

May her memory forever be a blessing!
Diane, David & Chestnut

March 15, 2023

For Cynthia & family,
My most sincere condolences regarding the death of your mother, Florence Bellack.
Tanya West  (CONTACT Lancaster) 

March 15, 2023

Cynthia and Family of Florence:
My deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. Florence used to babysit my three children during the early 1990’s when I lived at Middlegreen Court in The Village of Olde Hickory. She was such a dear person and so helpful to me as a newcomer to Lancaster.  I was recently wondering how she was doing and where she might be. Her obituary was so beautifully written. Thank you for sharing her life.
May her memory be a blessing.
With deepest sympathy, Anne Almy-Webber

Thursday, March 16, 2023
11:00 AM
Beth El Cemetery
295 E. Newport Rd.
Lititz, PA 17543
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